adidas Muhammad Ali Values Respect Track Top

  • DESIGNED BY: Leroy Neiman
  • MADE ON: --/07
  • ART.NO: 410231

The most elegant design of the Muhammad Ali Values series arguably comes from Leroy Neiman. In charge of creating a colorway and style for the ‘respect’ value, Neiman hit the nail on the head when he put this release together.

Mostly made of a deep purple polyester shell, the jacket is accented with light touches of golden yellow trim on the edges of the neck collar, sleeve cuffs, and waistband, giving it a handsome contrast that’s nearly gentlemanly. A multicolored pattern splashes through the side stripes and brightens the chest and sleeve sides with colorful, surprising piping, throwing some playful (and quite loud) flair into the mix. Golden embroidery breaks through the purple on the right sleeve forearm and the left chest, baring Leroy Neiman’s signature and the ‘adidas Muhammad Ali’ text, respectively.

The back of the jacket is insanely gorgeous, and a true mark of what the adidas Originals line was created to produce. A large abstract, blotchy depiction of Muhammad Ali can be seen in a mishmash of colors that spans nearly the whole rainbow. Neiman’s signature is almost hidden in dark purple embroidery on the lower right, next to one of Ali’s large, almost flowery boxing gloves.

This track top has a large, loose fit (so go a size down when buying) and a golden zipper chain, and just like all the releases in the Muhammad Ali Values series, Ali’s signature can be found etched into the zipper pull tab. Neiman also designed a Stan Smith and matching t-shirt, though their honestly no match for his incredibly superb take on this track top.

written by Dylan Cromwell

photography by Harold Kohn